What's New in Saratoga

Op-Ed by Ashley Dingeman

The DZ Farm Meet the Chefs Event took place this past Sunday, October 12th, and I had the pleasure of attending on behalf of Saratoga.com.

After reviewing the invitation, I had a good idea of what to expect when I arrived at the farm, but reality blew out my prior expectations. The beauty of the property was completely overwhelming at first, initially making you forget where you were.


Saratoga is well-known for drawing legions of sophisticates from all over the country who flock to the city for its cultural events, fine dining establishments, and shopping boutiques. Everyone knows about the Racetrack, the New York City Ballet at SPAC, and golfing at Saratoga National, but there are a whole host of other events that sophisticates might not be aware of that are right up their alley! To help out well-cultured locals and visitors alike, we've compiled the following list of 7 things sophisticates will love, but may not know about.

Saratoga is recognized for a variety of reasons, from horse races to spas to fine arts and music. Yet, what about a round of applause for 'toga and its vast ethnic cuisine? On October 11, Saratoga Food Fanatic and Network Saratoga are teaming up to present the FIRST annual Saratoga International Flavorfeast, giving your palate the opportunity to try something new!


Holiday Inn at Saratoga Springs has plans for a $2.5 to $3 million renovation and expansion project.

In addition to standard room upgrades and refresh, there are also some exciting additions planned to help this hotel stay competitive among the ever competitive lodging options in Saratoga Springs.


Here's a highlight of what's in store for the Holiday Inn renovations:

September is nearly here and college approaching fast, but before you hit the books, there's so much to do before classes start. The Fab Five awards were announced earlier this summer, and using those as a reference, I present to you the top 5 places to go in Saratoga before summer wraps up.

Travers Day has passed, your skin has absorbed all the UV rays you could possibly imagine, the bathing suit section at Target is almost now fully non-existent, and there seems to be a "back-to-school savings" flyer in your mailbox at least twice a week. What does that mean?...Sadly, the summer is drawing to a close.

Being a girl is really, really hard. We are constantly trying to find the balance between being ourselves and hiding our crazy. We are expected to always have a cute ensemble and never repeat an outfit. We are pressured to carry out our days normally when we actually just broke up with our boyfriend and are on the verge of tears. We are usually criticizing ourselves when we should be overjoyed about how much we have accomplished. There is only one, and I repeat, ONE way to wash away all of the nonsense and truly live in the moment: the Girls Day/Night Out. We have compiled a list of 5 Great Ideas for a Girls Day/Night Out with the help of our 2014 Fab Five Award Winners. Drum Roll Please...

It's not every day you are given time off to go around and explore Saratoga is it? I had the pleasure of exploring the patio dining of downtown Saratoga this past Thursday and I was thoroughly impressed.

We're one week into racing season, and while many people are griping about the $2 hike in admission and the absence of Restaurant Row this year, there are many changes for the 2014 season that should delight track goers this season.

The New York Racing Association (NYRA) has announced many updates to the Saratoga Race Course this summer. These alterations are set in place to enhance all guests' experiences at the track.

The new Saratoga County Fair Pageant was held in the Talent Pavilion on Tuesday, July 22, 2014.

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